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Fire safety compromised at Purab Apartments: Dwellers

Fire safety compromised at Purab Apartments: Dwellers
Purab Apartments in Sector 88 is a 15-storey project of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority. Tribune photo: Vicky

Tribune News Service

Mohali, June 10

Residents of the GMADA housing project, Purab Apartments, are upset over negligence of the authorities concerned when it comes to complying with the fire safety norms.

Some residents, including Parwinder Singh Saini, finance secretary of the Purab Premium Apartment Allottees Association, Sector 88, alleged that the fire safety norms were being compromised in the 15-storey project, which had more than 1,600 flats.

The residents alleged that the local Fire Department had issued repeated reminders to the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) authorities for renewal of the fire safety certificate for the project.

Saini claimed that the Fire Department had recently shot a reminder to the GMADA authorities in which it was mentioned that officials did not find proper fire safety arrangements on the premises of the project during their recent survey.

The Fire Department issued a notice to the GMADA authorities to make proper fire safety arrangements in January 11 this year, said Saini. The notice also directed the GMADA authorities to inform the Fire Department after doing the needful, he added.

As nothing was done by the authorities so far in this direction, the Fire Department again issued a reminder in May, claimed Saini.

The residents of Purab Apartments alleged that there were many shortcomings in the fire safety system and related paraphernalia. “Fire and escape doors are broken. Several fire hoses, cabinets, hose pipes and extinguishers are missing or unfilled. Besides, alarm panels are not functional. Water pumping system is also faulty. It’s risky to live in a high-rise building with improper fire safety system,” alleged residents.

When contacted, the GMADA Estate Officer, Mahesh Bansal, said, “The fire system is reviewed by the authorities from time to time. If there are some complaints, I will certainly look into the matter.”


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